Fake fur was all the rage last year, but could fake rock be the foundation of a successful franchise this year? According to Tucson, Arizona-based Castart by NatureScapes Inc., your profits as a manufactured rock and water feature franchisee could be just a stone's throw away.
Castart's rock and water features are designed to transform humdrum backyards and office parks into calming oases. The company suggests marketing the scenes through pool and spa stores, model homes, garden shops and the like.
A $12,800 franchise fee includes a feature display, marketing materials, a protected territory and two weeks of training in which you'll learn to assemble and install displays as well as make sales calls.
Additional start-up costs range from $13,600 to $74,900, depending on the size of your territory. Territory sizes are determined by the volume of product you're willing to purchase. "This allows the franchise owners to decide on a territory size they feel comfortable with," explains Donald Gompers Isaacs, Castart's vice president of franchising. Royalty and advertising fees range from $125 per month to $600 per month, depending on territory size.
Castart has five franchised locations and is seeking franchisees nationwide. Call (800) 871-8838.